If you've stayed at this large resort-style campsite near Tarragona, you'll know it's set in a spectacular sub-tropical setting with direct access to its own sandy beach. ... So imagine holidays spent jumping into the sub-tropical pool for yet another splash around with the kids or evenings enjoying the numerous activities/shows on offer for all ages. All this in an idyllic setting amongst palm trees and flowers..... the perfect recipe for some rest and relaxation!!
Situated on the 'Costa Daurada' close to the interesting Roman Port of Tarragona, Playa Montroig is well located to explore further afield too. Port Aventura and Barcelona are within touching distance by car/motorhome (with organised excursions also offered by the campsite). Whilst those seeking nature might head for Tamarit-Punta de la Móra, a natural park on a headland covered in pine forest. Full of fragrant trails and paths to coves like Cala Becs and Cala Fonda.
But for those that choose to spend their time inside the 'Leading Campings' resort style complex at Playa Montroig, you'll not be disappointed by what you find... so we thought we'd try and distil it down into six reasons why we'd happily return here next summer.
We've been fortunate to see some of Europe's best campsites over the past 2 years, and each have had something to remember them by. For instance, Tiroler Zugspitze's Cable Car or Camping Krk Resort's 'infinity pool' takes some beating.... not to mention Aufenfeld's panoramic 'natural alpine lake' .... But for Playa Montroig, you have to look no further than the palm fringed water slides or perhaps the fantastically comfortable 'astroturf' sunbathing area that wraps itself around the vast array of pools.
It's a hard decision each morning to decide if you'll head for the sand beach or the resort’s impressive pool complex with its heated lagoons and water slides.... (our tip would be to jump in the pool first as it's quieter, before enjoying the afternoons on the beach)
The high number of repeat visitors is testament to the charm of this campsite, which has a wide variety of different styles of pitches to choose from all close to the sandy delights of the beaches .So if you prefer to lounge underneath huge palm trees or base yourself close to the superb wash blocks... there's always a pitch that will give you the sounds of the ocean but the comfort of a decent sized, clean plot with the full range of services.
For us, we'd always opt for the sounds of the ocean but would offer the tip that the area betweens Zone E&A is superbly located for both the ocean (less than 50m away) and the ease of access to the shower blocks.
A little down time at our pitch also allowed us the chance to develop some of the 'Roadschooling' opportunities from recent days to both Valencia and Dinopolis in Teruel. (see more on our Roadschooling here)
With great restaurants, a beautiful location and lots of activities and evening entertainment, Playa Montroig offers all the fun but none of the hassle of traditional camping holidays.
In fairness to the whole industry, the campsites of 2018 bear little comparison to the ones we frequented as children... These resort style campsites like Playa Montroig now offers far better value than some of the larger holiday chains (Butlins, Centre Parcs etc). The facilities are now more than equal yet at vastly reduced costs - just see the pictures above of Playa's sound stage, popular Mini Club (with a great animation team) and restaurants which are easily able to offer a stress free holiday with almost guaranteed warm weather!
When you add to that a private beach that allows you to cartwheel to your heart's content... you've sold the concept of a resort style holiday to our youngest daughter. Whilst our oldest daughter enjoys nothing more than a chance to take a dip or enjoy a sunset walk along the beach with the warm sand under her feet... it really is that idyllic!
Although we've never stayed in one of these 'bungalows' / 'villas etc... we have had a decent look around one in Croatia (see this article for full internal/external pictures) and we can certainly see why it's a growing sector for campsites. Especially when you consider the ease of access by cheap low cost flights and the amount of facilities on site...
Maybe one day we'll really consider it for our family, but for now we love the freedom that our motorhome offers..... But for those without motorhomes, we can see why you'd happily wake up to the view above each morning of your holiday!
On the surface of it, the quality of the campsite facilities and shops aren't huge factors in a choice of campsite. Most opt for fantastic views or amazing water parks... but having great facilities just seems to make any stay go that little easier... Especially when you consider the quality of their supermarket, on site bakery, newsagent, fishmonger.... plus those shower blocks are some of the best designed ones we've seen so far in Europe!
For regular followers, you'll know just how active our family is... Each of us love any opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors... whether it's sports or simply kayaking or hiking... We love any chance to add to our growing list of European Family Adventures. Always delighted to return to new sports, we leapt at the chance to use Playa Montroig's Sports Centre to help introduce the girl's grandparents to the Spanish game of Padel (first learnt in La Marina last year)
The Sports Centre houses not just Padel courts, but also full size football fields and basketball courts... not to mention a handball court. All are fantastically well kept and located in a series of parks full of beautiful old olive trees... A great location that offered us a a brilliant afternoon of fun and exercise! (all courts and equipment can be booked from reception for an additional fee. in the case of Padel, it cost us about £15)
After some busy days either in the water parks, enjoying the beach or playing in the sports centre... each evening has been spent enjoying a quiet drink on the sun terrace overlooking the pools......as the girls check out the entertainment schedule for the following day.
Whether you’re camping, touring or staying in one of their luxury mobile homes... it's the perfect place to enjoy one of Spain's most beautiful campsites and we'd happily return in a heartbeat! It's been a great start to our adventures northwards towards France.
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